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Eritrean Orthodox Diocese established In Europe

The first Eritrean Orthodox Diocese was established in Europe on December 3, where His Grace Bishop Mekarios of the North American Archdiocese appointed a board of clergy to oversee the work of the church, according to the website of the Eritrean Orthodox Church in North America. The board reports to …

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Notorious Human Smuggler Shot Dead; 611 Eritreans Released

Suleiman Abdellah Necklawi, aka “The Sultan”, a notorious Egyptian human smuggler, was killed in a shoot-out by Bedouins of another tribe. Consequently, according to the UNHCR and EveryOne Group, 611 Eritrean refugees who had been held hostage in Egypt’s Sinai have crossed safely to Israel. Criminal elements within the Sakrawi …

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Al-Bashir Regime Jails Leaders of Eritrean Opposition

On Sunday, October 23, 2011, the regime of Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir arrested Ramadan Mohammed Nur and Abdulkadir Hamid, both leaders of the Eritrean Islamic Congress Party (EIC), as well as Jemal Hummed of Adoulis.com. The Sudanese regime arrested the three Eritreans for holding a press conference to publicize the plight …

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National Congress: List Of Attending Parties and Organizations

The Eritrean National Commission for Democratic Change (ENCDC) is on the verge of finalizing its quota allocation for political parties and organizations that will attend the congress scheduled for November 21, 2011 in Addis Ababa. 553 conferees are expected to attend the congress that will discuss four main agenda items, …

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Global Hunger Index: Hunger In Eritrea “Extremely Alarming”

According to the recently released Global Hunger Index (GHI), hunger in Eritrea is “extremely alarming.” The Washington, DC-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) which releases the GHI report, uses 5 classifications to report on hunger around the world: low, moderate, serious, alarming and extremely alarming. The report shows that …

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Wikileaks Reprisal: Senay Kifleyesus Arrested (Corrected)

Mr. Senay Kifleyesus, an Eritrean businessman married to an Eritrean government official, has been arrested. A pharmacist by profession, Senay was in charge of EPLF’s pharmacy department in Sahel and for about 2 or 3 years after independence. Since the mid-1990s, he has been a private businessman, managing the family’s …

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British Council Eritrea Closing

The Eritrean chapter of the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international education and cultural exchange center, is closing by the end of 2011. The British Council—not to be confused with the British Consulate—is perhaps best known for its library services and has been in Eritrea since 1971. It is located …

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In A Twist, Isaias Afwerki Gives A Subdued Speech

On September 23, in an uncharacteristic twist, Eritrean strongman Isaias Afwerki, whose trademark is insults and put-downs, gave a subdued speech at the UN’s 66th General Assembly’s General Debate Session. To be sure, he referred to the United Nations as “hopelessly outdated” and warned that it “risks becoming totally irrelevant.” …

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Is Isaias Afwerki Meeting His Disciples In Washington, DC?

Eritrean strongman Isaias Afwerki is in New York, New York to attend the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations.  According to Eritrea’s Ministry of Information, he is scheduled to hold a seminar for “Eritrean nationals residing in North America” The Eritrean Embassy in Washington, DC provided one additional detail: …

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Sudan Deports 4 Eritrean Refugees; UNHCR Takes Case of 89

Out of the 93 new Eritrean refugees whom it was detaining, Sudan has deported four–three men and one woman. The Eritreans were handed over to Eritrean security authorities in the border post of Arbaeta Asher on Thursday. The Sudanese authorities finally allowed the UNHCR to visit the balance of the imprisoned …

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Hassan Salman Jailed In Saudi Arabia

Shiekh Hassen Salman, also known as Abulbara’a, has been in jail in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he arrived to perform Umra (a lesser pilgrimage to Mecca) about six weeks ago. Muslims who can afford to perform Umra do so mainly during the last days of Ramadan which this year coincided with …

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Sudan, UNHCR Intimidated By Asmara; Eritrean Refugees Suffer

Last week, Sudan rounded up and jailed 93 (ninety-three) Eritrean refugees, including eight underage females, from the border town of Kassala and environs. Sudan is targeting around twelve of them for deportation to Eritrea. AlSharq, a legal aid group, is attempting to represent the jailed Eritreans. Some attorneys are hesitant to take up …

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Regime Identified As Authoritarian, Seminar Concludes Today

The Eritrean Dialogue Group meeting in Addis Ababa finished discussions on several issues and the seminar is expected to conclude today, Saturday, September 10, 2011. Groups formed at the seminar discussed resistance, the Eritrean Diaspora affairs, media, refugees and youth issues. They also assessed the performance of the political organizations …

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Is PFDJ Fanning Sudan’s “Currency War”?

In late August, the Sudanese regime rounded up over sixty Eritrean businessmen and PFDJ functionaries and is detaining them in Khartoum’s central prison, Kober, pending investigations on the origins of millions  worth of Sudanese currency (Sudanese pound or jineh) they were caught with. The issue surfaced when Sudan abruptly issued …

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Day 2: Eritrean Dialogue Group Resumes Discussion In Addis

An Eritrean dialogue group attending a seminar in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, continued its sessions on Wednesday. The attendants formed four break-out groups to discuss issues related to youth, media, refugees and the role of the Eritrean Diaspora. The afternoon session was spent in deliberations and debates, both formal and informal, …

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Monitoring Group Finds The Smoking Gun On Eritrean Regime

A 400+ page report of the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, which was made public today, states that the Eritrean regime, far from complying with UN Security Council Resolution 1907, is actually engaged in more brazen and reckless behavior that threatens to destabilize the entire Horn of Africa, and …

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Darfur Agreement And Ethiopian Diplomacy In Qatar

Under the auspices of the Amir of Qatar, a peace agreement between the Sudanese government and the Darfuri Liberation and Justice Movement (LJM) was signed on Thursday in Doha. Dr Ghazi Salahaddin signed the agreement on behalf of the Sudanese government while Dr. AlTijani Sissi signed it on behalf of …

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